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Tribu perform at the British Museum in 2009

Forerunners of recorded music from ancient Mexico

If you managed to see the Mexican troupe Tribu perform (right) at the British Museum in October 2009 as part of the Moctezuma exhibition events programme, you have already seen one of the forerunners of recorded music from ancient Mexico (their first LP come out in 1979). Our good friend and renowned percussionist Chris García has kindly collated the following information on their contemporaries, for your enjoyment...

ANTONIO ZEPEDA
recordings released since 1981:-
• Templo Mayor (1981)
• El rostro de la muerte entre los Nahuas (1984)
• Eco – Música (1984)
• Astrocarnaval (1985)
• Corazón del sol (1986)
• La región del misterio (1986)
• A la izquierda del colibrí (1986, con Jorge Reyes)
• Retorno a Aztlán (1990)
• Amerindia (1993)
• Espejo de la noche (1993)
• Paisajes (1993)
• Música virreinal mexicana (1993)
• Brujos de Aguatierra (1997)
• La música de los espíritus (2000)
• Los sonidos del pasado (2001)
• Nature (2002)

LUIS PEREZ IXONEZTLI
recordings released since 1981:-
• Ipan in xiktli meztli (1981)
• Caminos (1988)
• Horizontes (1989)
• Misterio (1989)
• World in Motion (1989)
• Dancing with the Lion (1989)
• Primal Magic (1990)
• Wire Train (1990)
• Latino Latino (1991)
• America (1992)
• Amazonas (1992)
• Mystere (1994)
• Mystere Live (1996)
• Toltec (1996)
• Gaia (1998)
• Tales of Astral Travelers (1998)
• Far away and close to home (2005)

GRUPO TRIBU
recordings released since 1979:-
• Contra La Indiferencia (1979)
• Correo del Tiempo (1980)
• Música Popular Mexicana Contemporanea (1984)
• Kuautemok Aguila Solar (1987)
• Compartiendo el Universo (1989)
• Mazeual (1990)
• Texiuozelotl (1991)
• Ome Coyotl Mazatl (1992)
• Los Brujos del Agua (1993)
• Música para los Dioses (1994)
• Sueño Nativo (1995)
• In Mixkoakali (1996)
• Uitsilopochtli (1997)

JORGE REYES
recordings released since 1983:-
• Ek-Tunkul (1983)
• A La Izquierda Del Colibrí (with Antonio Zepeda) (1986)
• Comala (1986)
• Viento De Navajas (1987)
• Niérika (1989)
• Crónica De Castas (with Suso Sáiz) (1990)
• Mexican Music: Prehispanic (1990)
• Bajo El Sol Jaguar (1991)
• UAISCM4:Tlaloc (with Francisco López) (1991)
• El Costumbre (1993)
• Mexican Music: Prehispanic Music For The Forgotten Spirits (1994)
• The Flayed God (1994)
• Mort Aux Vaches (1996)
• Mexican Music: Prehispanic Rituals (1996)
• La Otra Conquista ( film soundtrack, with Samuel Zyman (1999)
• Vine ~ Bark & Spore (with Steve Roach) (2000)
• Pluma De Piedra (with Piet Jan Blauw) (2002)
• Michoacán: Un Paisaje Sonoro (2006)
• Ciudad De México Y Chiapas: Dos Paisajes Sonoros (with Peter Avar) (2006)
• Ethnoaural (with Barbelo) (2008)
Sadly Jorge Reyes died in 2009.

This article was uploaded to the Mexicolore website on Aug 10th 2013

Antonio Zepeda (Wikipedia)
Tribu’s recordings online
Jorge Reyes’s recordings online
Chris García’s website
Watch a video of ‘Music Before Columbus: the [private] Collection of Luis Perez’ - Luis Perez-Ixoneztli demonstrates some unusual ancient wind instruments
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Mexicolore replies: Agreed! We saw them perform at the BM - great atmosphere...
Mexicolore replies: Yes! Try following some of the links above. At least Tribu and Jorge Reyes have recordings you can hear online.